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Manley delivers walk-off win for Hawks
Laurier: 6 Queen's: 5

WATERLOO, Ont. (September 28, 2012) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's baseball team rebounded from a 7-4 loss at Brock on Tuesday night by defeating the Queen's Gaels 6-5 in a thrilling walk off win at Bechtel Park on Thursday night.  

After jumping out to a 4-0 lead through two innings, the Golden Hawks coughed up the lead and Queen's eventually took the lead 5-4 in the top of the 9th inning.  In the bottom of the 9th inning, SS Colin McKeen walked to start the inning.  He was replaced by pinch runner Adam Raithby and LF Daniel Murphy singled to right field to put runners on first and second base for 3B McKenzie Maxwell.  Maxwell laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt that the Queen's infielders could not handle and a throwing error allowed Raithby to score and Murphy to advance to third base.  RF Brandon Manley played the hero as he belted a walk off single to right field to score Murphy and give the Golden Hawks a 6-5 win.

Ian Filion started for Laurier and worked 5 1/3 innings giving up 4 runs (0 earned) on 10 hits with one walk and five strikeouts.  Freshman Zachary Danilewitz picked up the win with 3 2/3 innings of solid relief.  Offensively, the Golden Hawks were led by McKeen as he was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI.  CF Jonathan Brouse was 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.  Other hits went to DH Riley Robinson, 1B Ryan Panas, LF Daniel Murphy and RF Brandon Manley.

"This was a great win for our team after everything that weve been through the past couple of weeks'" commented Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE. "Queen's is a much improved team and I give them a lot of credit for battling back in this game.  We were sloppy defensively, but showed a lot of heart to come back in the ninth inning and win this game.  Our pitching was really solid today and we had some very good at bats.  This weekend will be huge for us as we make a push for the playoffs."

The Golden Hawks are now 5-9 in conference play with seven games remaining.  Laurier hosts Brock on Saturday for a doubleheader before travelling to Queen's for a double header on Sunday.  Laurier is currently one game out of the fourth and final playoff spot.
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